Patrick Kane passed a Chicago Blackhawks legend in the record books, Filip Forsberg set a new milestone with the Nashville Predators and Elias Lindholm seems to be enjoying his time in Western Canada.
Here are three things we learned in the NHL Wednesday.
Kane moves up the Blackhawks record books
If there has been one bright spot for the Blackhawks this season, it is seeing Kane looking like his old self. In 42 games, the 30-year-old is sixth in the league in scoring with 24 goals, 34 assists and 58 points.
With two assists in the Blackhawks’ loss to the Predators, Kane moved past Bobby Hull for fourth on the franchise list with 550 assists.
Kane only needs five more assists to move into third on the Blackhawks all-time list, passing former defenceman and current San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.
At this point last season, Kane had 18 goals and 27 assists in 42 games as he finished the season with 27 goals, and 49 assists. It appears the first-overall pick from 2007 is back to his dominant self as he is on pace for his first 100-plus-point season since 2015-16.
Forsberg’s milestone brings flashback to Erat trade
In his second game back from a hand injury, Forsberg scored the overtime winner against the Blackhawks, giving him 27 career game-winning goals with Nashville. The tally moved him past Martin Erat for second on the Predators’ franchise list.
This milestone should serve a reminder of the infamous trade that sent Forsberg to the Predators for Erat, but for those who don’t remember, let us take a trip down memory lane.
It was the lockout-shortened 2013 season and the Capitals were looking to boost their playoff hopes, so they made a deal with Nashville to land Erat and Michael Latta in exchange for Forsberg. Washington drafted the Swedish forward 11th overall in the 2012 draft and Erat had 21 points in 36 with the Predators.
Since being acquired by Nashville, Forsberg has scored 131 goals and 146 assists for 277 points in 358 games, while Erat would put up two goals and 25 assists in 62 games with Washington before being shipped off to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Chris Brown, veteran Rostislav Klesla and a 2015 fourth-round pick.
Lindholm fitting in nicely with the Flames
There have been many players thriving with new teams this season, such as John Tavares with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jeff Skinner with the Buffalo Sabres but none have enjoyed as much success as Elias Lindholm has with the Calgary Flames.
The patience. The release.
Elias Lindholm with a beauty for the go-ahead goal. pic.twitter.com/GUUNyFK0Uv
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 10, 2019
Lindholm scored his 21st of the season in the Flames’ 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, giving him 51 points in 45 games with his new team. According to Sportsnet stats, this is the most by any player on a new team this season.
Going into this game, there was a big debate as to which team had the top trio in the league, which might still go to the Avalanche based on the points being scored by Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog.
However, the Flames have enjoyed far more success in the standings as the top team in the Western Conference. They also added to their league lead in third-period goals with 65 this season with the Avalanche right behind them.